By Joe Hofmann
For two years, they rolled through the NJSFC American Blue schedule and led Newton to back-to-back conference championships and a berth in the North 2, Group II sectional final this year.
So it is no wonder that running backs Brayden Nolan and Thaylor Sibblies are together on the MorrisSussexsports.com's All-Sussex-Warren first team.
Nolan rushed 143 times for 1,515 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also was in on 107 tackles at linebacker, including one sack and 11 tackles for losses. For his four-year career, he was 297 for 2,826 rushing and scored 39 touchdowns.
Sibblies, meanwhile, was 128 for 1,234 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had five interceptions from his defensive back position. During his career, he was 251 for 2,266 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Other headliners on the first team include Sparta quarterback Austen Frattura, Wallkill Valley quarterback Dylan Bonser, running back Shane Nugent and receiver Chase Lorencovitz, Vernon running back Gage Moskovitz, Pope John linebacker Sean Line, and Lenape Valley running back-defensive back Eric Perez.
Frattura, a four-year starter, is simply one of the best quarterbacks in Sussex County history. He finished the year 138 for 187 for 1,930 yards and 13 touchdowns and also rushed for 496 yards and seven more TDs.
For his career, the Holy Cross-bound Frattura was 538 for 799 yards, 8,227 yards, 74 TDs and only 23 INTs.
Bonser was 148 for 247 passing for 1,998 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Nugent was a threat either running the ball or out of the backfield. He was 150 for 1,026 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns and also caught 32 passes for 364 yards and four more TDs.
Lorencovitz was one of the best receivers in all of New Jersey for the second straight year. He caught 71 passes for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns. Last year, he was 65 for 858 and five TDs. For his career, he caught 140 passes for 2,044 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Moskovitz was one of the leading rushers in New Jersey, going 170 for a school record 1,530 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also caught eight passes for 133 yards and two more touchdowns. During his career, he rushed for 2,717 yards and 36 touchdowns, both school records.
Line was one of the best linebackers in North Jersey. He had 54 solo tackles and 93 assists and had to be accounted for by opponents as he had 24 tackles for loss and four sacks He also had two INTs, caused two fumbles, recovered a fumble, returned an INT for a touchdown, had a safety and blocked a punt.
Perez finished his career as one of the best players ever at tradition-rich Lenape Valley. He was 146 for 1,368 yards rushing (second-best in school history) and 18 touchdowns. At linebacker, he was constantly in the opposing team's backfield with 17 1/2 tackles for loss and eight sacks.
Here is the MorrisSussexsports.com's first annual All-Sussex-Warren football team.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB-Austen Frattura, Sparta
QB-Dylan Bonser, Wallkill Valley
RB-Brayden Nolan, Newton
RB-Thaylor Sibblies, Newton
RB-Gage Moskovitz, Vernon
RB-Shane Nugent, Wallkill Valley
OL-Justin Platt, Pope John
OL-Hunter Peterson, Sparta
OL-Jason Wohlers, North Warren
OL-Rylan Ivaldi, Newton
OL-Matt McLean, Newton
OL-Dylan Ciborski, Hackettstown
WR-Chase Lorencovitz, Wallkill Valley
WR-Nick Ryan, Sparta
WR-Ricky Healy, Vernon
PK-Robert McCollough, Newton
UT-Angelo Fluri, North Warren
UT-Jayden Aziz, Warren Hills
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL-Cadin Madry, Pope John
DL-Brody Guerra, Newton
DL-Dylan Cotter, Newton
DL-Cobie Bonners, Warren Hills
DL-Chad Quaranta, Vernon
LB-Sean Line, Pope John
LB-Pasquale Festa, Newton
LB-Matt Schweizer, Sparta
LB-Anthony Ferroni, Warren Hills
LB-Eric Perez, Lenape Valley
DB-Chase McCoy, Pope John
DB-Zach Williamson, North Warren
DB-Demarius Posey, Newton
DB-Max Seward, High Point
P-Jack Morgese, Pope John
Ret-Tylik Hill, Pope John
UT-Josh Brancy, Sparta
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB-Derek Lazier, Vernon
QB-Luke Dugan, Warren Hills
RB-Andrew Knutelsky, Kittatinny
RB-Andrew Baker, Sussex Tech
RB-Mason Mericle, High Point
OL-Austin Wrede, Hopatcong
OL-Jack Moritz, North Warren
OL-Liam Kelly, Lenape Valley
OL-Jason Fischer, Wallkill Valley
OL-Jack Austin, Vernon
OL-Logan Arienta, Sparta
OL-Paul Hamas, Warren Hills
WR-Finnegan Mell, Sparta
WR-T.J. Kachala, Warren Hills
PK-Kevin Lockerburner, High Point
UT-Jackson Burke, Hackettstown
UT-Jared Van Valkeburg, North Warren
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL-Cooper Rosso, North Warren
DL-Chris Carey, Wallkill Valley
DL-D.J. Rosanelli, Wallkill Valley
DL-Hunter Chlodnicki, Sparta
DL-Ryan Van Nest, Warren Hills
DL-Logan Pych, Vernon
LB-Dan Fahey, Kittatinny
LB-Craig Shipps, North Warren
LB-Jaiden Liferiedge, Hackettstown
LB-Joseph Bencivengo, Hackettstown
LB-Nick Casterina, Pope John
DB-Sean Garrison, Sussex Tech
DB-Christian Bujno, Hackettstown
DB-Mo Warren, Warren Hills
DB-Lucas Csezmadia, North Warren
P-Diego Huaman, Lenape Valley
Ret-Anthony Edwards, Hackettstown
UT-Matt May, Newton